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[liberationtech] Auto expiring document/files & 'rights to be forgotten'

Frank Corrigan email at franciscorrigan.com
Thu Jan 26 10:44:03 PST 2012


Lets say a cost of $100 would be reasonable, if the document could be
'expired' over a time interval, rather than say clock based would this
be feasible? What if documents are stored online, the expiry date passes
can the document be accessed. What about if access required use of a
digital certificate, that had an expiry date, can this be circumvented.
How about a limitation only allowing a document to be opened a specified
number of times...

I can see how I am in the territory of limited understanding, but it
might be worth thinking through these sorts of questions.


Frank

----- Original message -----
From: "Brian Conley" <brianc at smallworldnews.tv>
To: "Frank Corrigan" <email at franciscorrigan.com>
Cc: "Carolyn Anhalt" <carolyn at anhalt.org>,
liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 10:06:46 -0800
Subject: Re: [liberationtech] Auto expiring document/files & 'rights to
be forgotten'

I think there are kind of two conversations happening here.

First of all, no document is completely safe, unless the EU bans screen
capture technology. Even PDFs that expire, and cannot be printed are
still
vulnerable to screen captures that can then be printed.

Secondly, I know we live in the future in the age of mechanical search
and
all that, but I had a theory about "analogue" search and, after
consulting
my brother-in-law who is a librarian, it seems that a skilled library
with
a decent adaptation of the dewey system for sorting people rather than
all
manner of subjects, could quite easily search and locate PAPER files on
thousands of people, or rather, probably many times more than that.

However, this would be a huge pain in the ass, and I'm not sure anyone
on
this list thinks that any government or organization with the capacity
to
do that wouldn't just have a clandestine digital monitoring program and
flaunt so-called EU regulations.

So I guess the question is, what is the best available software that
will
at least significantly raise the bar for data mining and collecting huge
files on individuals?

So far Frank I'm not sure, but I know there should definitely be
affordable
options. Does this have to be *free* or just within a reasonable range?
say, under $100 euros, etc?

Brian

On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 9:50 AM, Frank Corrigan
<email at franciscorrigan.com>wrote:

> Let's say the information was within a PDF, but the person(s) creating
> it wanted it to expire at future date and be technically irrecoverable
> say through encryption, irregardless of whether printed or memorised, is
> it technically possible at little or no cost?
>
> Apologies if I come across as naive, it is being built upon the
> widespread use of DRM, that currently is too prohibitive in cost terms.
> I don't want to post details of available DRM software safe to say it
> costs around $1000 per user or hundreds or $'s per month for server
> based authentication services.
>
> Frank
>
> ----- Original message -----
> From: "Carolyn Anhalt" <carolyn at anhalt.org>
> To: "Frank Corrigan" <email at franciscorrigan.com>
> Cc: liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu
> Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 12:29:19 -0500
> Subject: Re: [liberationtech] Auto expiring document/files & 'rights to
> be forgotten'
>
> Does it involve people without printers? Or memories?
>
> On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM, Frank Corrigan
> <email at franciscorrigan.com>wrote:
>
> > Thanks I thought as much, but lets say the threat model does not involve
> > those with the capacity to circumvent DRM?
> >
> > Frank
> >
> > ----- Original message -----
> > From: "Meredith L. Patterson" <clonearmy at gmail.com>
> > To: "Frank Corrigan" <email at franciscorrigan.com>
> > Cc: liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu
> > Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 12:20:35 -0500
> > Subject: Re: [liberationtech] Auto expiring document/files & 'rights to
> > be forgotten'
> >
> > What you are asking is impossible, whether open-source or proprietary.
> > Give up now and save yourself the effort, heartbreak and pain.
> >
> > --mlp
> >
> > On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 11:08 AM, Frank Corrigan
> > <email at franciscorrigan.com> wrote:
> > > Does anyone know of any free resource that can make a PDF document, for
> > > instance, inaccessible after a certain data, Most Digital Rights
> > > Management (DRM) software prices are too prohibitive to make them a
> > > practical solution to individuals.
> > >
> > > This request is being prompted by a desire to find a practical way to
> > > use rights to be forgotten, such as the new European Data Protection
> > > proposals on
> > >
> >
> http://www.digitaltrends.com/international/do-you-have-the-right-to-be-forgotten-eu-citizens-may-soon/
> > >
> > > Of course there are ways to overcome document based DRM, but an open
> > > source version could be useful to at least add a layer of privacy
> > > protection to documents shared online, particularly when they contain
> > > personal identifiers that unwittingly could become a risk to
> individuals
> > > at a later date.
> > >
> > > Frank
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